Professor (joint appointment with the CUNY Graduate Center)
Tel: +1 212 772-5659 Room: 706 North
Ph.D. Columbia University, 1985
On leave Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
Areas of Specialization
Economic and political anthropology, historical anthropology, social movements, human rights, development, agrarian studies, Latin America
Overview of Research
Marc Edelman's research and writing have focused on agrarian issues, social movements, and a variety of Latin American topics, including the historical roots of nationalism and contemporary politics. Most of his work has dealt with changing land tenure and land use patterns, production systems, rural class relations, and social movements in Central America. He has a longstanding concern with understanding changing forms of capitalism and with the politics of controlling markets, whether through welfare states, civil society pressure or global trade rules. During the mid 1980s, after seeing his fieldwork zone in northern Costa Rica tragically converted into a staging area for the civil war in Nicaragua, he also carried out research in the USSR and wrote extensively on Soviet-Latin American relations.
Currently, Edelman is working on a project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the PSC-CUNY Grants Program, on the efforts of transnational agrarian movements to have the United Nations approve a Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. He recently completed a coauthored book on peasant involvement in global civil society movements and transnational networking among small farmer organizations, as well as four coedited special journal issues on global land grabs, political reactions 'from below' to landgrabbing, critical perspectives on food sovereignty, and critical agrarian studies.
Edelman has served on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist (Book Review Editor, 2002-5), American Ethnologist (2011-), Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos (Consejo Editorial Internacional, 2008-), Critique of Anthropology (1998-), Cuadernos de Antropología (Comité Científico, 2009-), (1995-98, 2013-), Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology (2004-), Journal of Agrarian Change (2008-), Journal of Latin American Anthropology (1994-99), Journal of Peasant Studies (Editorial Collective, 2009-), Latin American Research Review (2000-2003), NACLA Report on the Americas (1999-2006), Revue TRACE [Travaux et Recherches dans les Amériques du Centre] (2012-), and Studies in Comparative International Development (2005-).
Edelman is President-Elect of the American Ethnological Society, the oldest organization of professional anthropologists in the United States.
He tweets at @MarcEdelmanNYC